"I vividly remember being disappointed during my first year of teaching: my students weren’t nearly as excited about primary source documents as I was. Primary source documents, as you know, offer readers a unique, real-world perspective, and I thought my kids would love delving into them. I soon learned that my disappointing results weren’t due to the documents that I’d selected, but rather how I was having students use them. That first year, they weren’t doing anything but reading them. Today, Web-based tools enable students to discover more primary sources than ever before and engage them in dynamic ways." ~ Richard Bryne
Check out this article published in Digital Shift about cool online tools to help students engage in primary source material. I would love to work with some of you to create a primary source lesson or two for next year.
Check out these articles by Caltlyn Tucker that break down the topic of complex texts and give ideas about how to help students access complex text.
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